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Call for Papers is now closed.

pdf version of the leaflet is available. (abstract deadline has been extended to November 11, 2018).


The great number of scientists, engineers, and managers who participated in the hitherto existing symposia reflects the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to earth observation, from scientific earth observation missions to technology demonstration missions.

These types of missions can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively and provide increased opportunity for access to space.

The spacecraft bus and instruments can be based either on optimized off-the-shelf systems, with little or no requirements for new technology, or on new high-technology systems. Thus a new class of advanced small satellites, including autonomously operating satellites or constellations/formations may be created, opening new fields of application for scientific purposes as well as operational, public and commercial services.

The symposium will provide a forum for scientists, engineers and managers to exchange information about planned and on-going programs and missions, and present new ideas, covering small satellite mission objectives as well as technology and management aspects for dedicated earth observation satellites. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Small Satellite Mission Programs
- International and national programs
- Planned and on-going programs
- Integrated applications

Objectives for Small Satellite Missions
- Scientific earth observation missions
- Systems for disaster and climate monitoring
- Technology demonstration missions
- Commercial services and applications
- Results and lessons learned

 Mature (off the Shelf) Systems
-    Sensors and instrumentation
-    Spacecraft concepts and sub-systems
- Software and IT safety
-    Ground stations and communication
-    Mission operation and facilities
-    Launch systems

University programs and systems

Distributed Space Systems
- Constellation and formation
- Rendezvous and docking

Space Debris issues

Student Prize Paper Competition*)

The symposium will consist of
-    Lectures by invited speakers
-    Contributed papers selected from abstracts
received in response to the call for papers
-    Poster sessions
-    Panel discussions
and will include a technical exhibition to showcase hardware and posters.

The official language will be English.


May 30, 2018                Call for Papers
November 11, 2018    Abstracts Due
December 05, 2018    Notification to authors
December 15, 2018    Final Announcement    
January 31, 2019         Extended abstract due (4 pages)
May 06, 2019                 Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
May 06 - 10, 2019         12th Symposium
July 2019                        Proceedings


You are invited to contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words*) must be received by   

November 11, 2018.

Abstracts should be in English and shall include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions so as to allow the Scientific Program Committee to make an informed decision regarding their suitability for inclusion into the symposium.

Notification of your paper's acceptance and author's instructions will be sent by December 05, 2018.
The symposium digest comprising the extended ab-stracts (four pages) will be part of the registration package handed over when registering on-site.

Final papers for the symposium proceedings are limited to eight pages, including tables and illustrations. The symposium proceedings will provide the contributed papers and interactive poster session papers presented during the symposium. They will be available for the participants after the conference.

Outstanding presentations of papers and posters will be awarded.

Send your abstract by e-mail to:     iaa.symp(at)

*) Please note: Students, who want to submit their abstract for the Students Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)


International Academy of Astronautics